Aspergers

Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is considered to be at the milder, high functioning end of the autism spectrum. As with other autism spectrum disorders, children with Asperger’s face problems with social skills and communication but they typically function better and generally have normal intelligence and near-normal language development. The symptoms and severity of Asperger's syndrome vary widely in individuals but can include difficulty interacting with others, trouble making friends, repetitive behaviors, preoccupation with certain rituals or narrow subjects, a limited range of interests, clumsiness or coordination problems. While there is no cure for Asperger’s syndrome, behavioral therapy is often a critical part of the treatment plan and can help the child develop social and language skills. Parents and siblings of children suffering from Asperger’s can also benefit from therapy to help them develop healthy and supportive ways of coping.

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Art Chaklader (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

Learning to live and thrive in a social world can be daunting. If you identify on the Aspergers spectrum, it can be completely overwhelming and unfair. This is the place where we use the scientific model to challenge your fears, understand yourself and limits, and ultimately find ways to reach your goals. Join me for a free consult to explore what we can accomplish working together.

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Laney Kibel

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My work with people diagnosed as being on the Asperger's spectrum is to be both therapist and coach. Healing from a lifetime of feeling different and learning ways to be more effective in social and emotional situations.

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Roxana I Nedelcu

Clinical Psychologist

PhD Licensed Behavior Analyst

I have experience with children with Asperger in identifying some of the causes of problem behaviors that may appear in certain settings and helping with self-expression and self-advocacy

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Lorraine McKenzie (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I founded a nonprofit in Eugene, OR, NextStep Recycling, that focuses on developing individual social and job skills for those who have had no job experience, are underemployed or unemployed. I have been a Vocational/Education Counselor and am presently a LCSW in the Young Adult Behavioral Health program at PeaceHealth. I believe we all hold brilliance and with support, can discover and achieve our education and vocational goals. I have applied my own life experiences to consulting/therapy with

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Christine Bethel

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I've met an increasing number of adults who have been struggling in their relationships or in other areas of their lives due to undiagnosed Asperger's. If you suspect this is you and would like some help to navigate areas of your life more successfully please give me a call. My Aspie clients have been some of the most delightful, intelligent, and quickest learners I have ever met.

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Kathleen Thompson LPC, CRC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Many adults wonder if they have Aspergers or Autism because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle & stress is difficult to manage. Understanding how your brain & body works is the most important way to move forward. We can work together to determine if you are neurodiverse & to find your niche vocationally as well as building confidence in relationships.

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Kimberly Zeszutek, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Since 2007, I have developed a style of skill building and supportive therapy for those who identify with the Autism Spectrum. Many of these individuals have learning differences or extra sensory abilities. By learning skills to navigate difficult social interactions, individuals with Asperger’s become empowered to apply their strengths towards their personal goals and the growth of society.

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Emily Haygeman

Clinical Psychologist

I have over 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and young adults with Aspergers Disorder. I started out conducting ABA therapy directly with individuals. From there, I conducted Autism research at the University of Utah's Autism Research Program. I have led myriad social skills groups for children and adolescents, including the PEERS curriculum.

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Elizabeth Price M.A. Counselor

Being neuro-diverse can be a lonely experience. People with ASD can feel mis-understood and disconnected because the world is experienced differently. Have you considered how your brain's organizational features may also bring great strengths to the world? Strengths like character loyalty, incredible ability to hyper-focus and a no-pretense way of relating? Come explore a new view of you.

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